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Today's data centers are being pushed to their limits. For the past decade, IT has rapidly deployed low-cost hardware to accommodate business growth. But with data centers now stretched to capacity in terms of power, cooling, and floor space, IT needs to refresh existing infrastructure with servers that deliver more performance and scalability, more efficiently. The latest Intel Xeon 5500 processors provide a foundation for IT management to refresh existing or design data centers to achieve greater performance while using less energy and space, while dramatically reducing operating costs.
In addition to advances in these next generation multi-core servers, the drive to 10 Gigabit Ethernet comes from other information technologies including virtualized environments, advances in storage architectures, server clustering, and consolidation, forms of information delivery using the Internet, and the next wave of digital and social media content. Associated with these technological advances is the evolution in networking itself that is making 10 Gigabit Ethernet affordable across the network from the core to the edge.
At the heart of tomorrow's network infrastructure, 10 Gigabit Ethernet is the core of any next generation data center. Data centers are demanding flexible and scalable I/O solutions to meet the rigorous requirements of running mission-critical applications in virtualized and unified storage environments. With the latest server platform, customers can now realize the full potential of 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking and realize up to 2.5 times the bandwidth supported by earlier generation platforms.